From left, Kim McGriff (advocate), Tom Robbins (Helping Heart), Kelsi Null (Helping Heart), Judge Brett Hall, Mark DeMay (advocate), Whitney Ferguson (advocate) and Kimberly Moreno (advocate) commemorate the start of their CASA service on Aug. 7.

Lone Star CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) swore in four new CASA advocates, and two “Helping Hearts” on Aug. 7. The new advocates are Kim McGriff, Kimberly Moreno, Mark DeMay, and Whitney Ferguson. Kelsi Null and Tom Robbins were also sworn in, as “Helping Hearts.” The new members were sworn in by Judge Brett Hall in Rockwall.

Lone Star CASA trains volunteers to advocate for children in foster care in Kaufman and Rockwall counties. Helping Hearts are family members of volunteers who undergo training to help support the volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, pass background checks and be able to make a one-year commitment to a child. For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer, visit

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